I am a ‘baby’ Christian, and ‘babies’
need lots of support and encouragement.
The first steps with Jesus are very tentative steps. I look
for guidance, and I look for answers to my questions and problems.
These are the matters I have to deal with everyday, and I feel
that I might falter if the Lord were to go quiet.
But the Father is very attentive to his new protégé,
as I discovered to my great pleasure.
I had booked a follow-up course in Italian, on Wednesday evenings,
and was looking forward to the first one, when, the afternoon
before, I received a message that the course had been cancelled
due to lack of support.
Now I knew that Jonathan had been hoping to hold his ‘Vision
Team’ meetings on a Wednesday, and I had wanted to be part
of that too, so, rather than be irritated by the loss of Italian
conversation, I was pleased to be able to be a ‘visionary’
instead. After all, the Italian could wait, and I expected my
new Father would enable me to do it at a later date.
A few days later, I remembered I had my Italian teacher’s
contact number, so I thought I’d ask her if she was by any
chance doing another course in the spring. Imagine my surprise
when she said she was hosting an intermediate course the following
Monday, at a different school, and for £10 less than the
cost of the original course!
So God had rearranged my diary for me, so I could do both!
On another matter, my youngest son was beginning to tire of
his extra Maths tuition, and was presenting to me, at every opportunity,
reasons why he should simply give it up. I prayed about this,
and asked, as one parent to another, for ideas of ways to encourage
I think God must have said ‘Consider it done!’,
for when I suggested to my son that, to catch up, he would have
to do extra test papers each day, and waited as usual for some
dispirited comment, he said “ I can do that! No problem!”
I almost fell over with shock!
Is it always like this when you hand your life over to Jesus?